Nov
4

BAD Sydney – Attack of the Killer Kiwis

BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

ATTACK OF THE KILLER KIWIS: FIVE NZ WRITERS

SPEAKERS: Chris StuartJacqueline BublitzNikki Crutchley and Fiona Sussman

FACILITATOR: RWR (Rob) McDonald

What makes Kiwi crime fiction from across the ditch different from Australian crime fiction? Is it the setting? But what if the book is not set in Aotearoa New Zealand but in New York? Is it where the author lives? But what if they live in Melbourne?

Join award-winning Kiwi crime writers, Jacqueline Bublitz, Nikki Crutchley, Chris Stuart and Fiona Sussman in conversation with R.W.R. McDonald, discussing all things Aotearoa New Zealand crime fiction, what it means to be a Kiwi crime writer, and the current state of the market.

Nov
3

Bad Sydney – Genre Benders

From Dorian Gray to Tom Ripley, there was a time when if LGBTIQA+ characters appeared in crime stories at all, it was invariably as the first body, the villain, the ‘morally dubious’ suspect or the heavily coded ‘queer’. Recent decades have seen a more diverse cast in crime fiction created by LGBTIQA+ authors, but when gay American crime writer Rob Osler coined the term ‘Quozy Mystery’ in 2022, it heralded the possibility that commercial queer crime fiction has arrived. BAD Sydney hears from queer writers working during this tipping point, discussing how far representation has come, whether Australian publishers are leading or following reader demand, and to what extent crime fiction is a place to explore sexual and gender identities.